The world is witnessing higher levels of displacement than ever before. The statistics tell the story. Today, an unprecedented 65 million people—including 21 million refugees—are displaced from their homes. Since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011, 5 million people have fled to nearby Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan. And refugees now spend an average of 10 years away from their countries. Equally striking as the scale of the crisis are the consequences of an inadequate response.
15 December 2016
Building on previous ReDSS studies and recommendations, in order to examine the issue of early solutions planning, the study focuses specifically on refugees who have sought asylum in Kenya and Uganda since the outbreak of conflict in South Sudan in December 2013. Between them, Uganda and Kenya are hosting just under half of the 943,803 South Sudanese refugees registered by UNHCR since December 2013.
Why focus on Early Solutions Planning?
Current studies and literature have argued that strategies for solutions should start at the onset of displacement. Solutions planning is most commonly initiated after displacement becomes protracted, by which point refugees are often dependent on humanitarian assistance.
A group of seven major international aid agencies said they face a shortfall of $89m/£52m just when the South Sudan humanitarian crisis edges closer to the risk of famine. Speaking out on the 3rd anniversary of the country’s independence they warned their aid efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the conflict was under threat due to a lack of funds.
By Peter Biro
05 Jan 2011 - The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is responding to a rare outbreak of yellow fever which has so far claimed almost 50 lives in northern Uganda.
To help curb the spread of the disease and treat those already infected, the IRC is training Ugandan health workers and community volunteers in the northern districts of Kitgum and Lamwo to detect, refer and treat the disease and is providing drugs, disinfectants, and protective gear including gloves and masks.
The IRC will also assist in a government run vaccination campaign that that will reach 2.5 …
Posted by Peter Biro on July 14th, 2010
Prospèr Honagali's plight encapsulates the tragedy of his country.
Kampala 28 Apr 2010 -
- The IRC has renovated and expanded nine health facilities in two districts of northern Uganda and handed them over to local health officials this week.
- Protracted conflict in northern Uganda decimated the healthcare system. The renovated centers will meet the health needs of tens of thousands of people returning home to their villages after years in displacement camps.
The traditional image of life in tented, sprawling camps no longer tells the full refugee story. As the world urbanises, refugees too are increasingly moving to built up areas - including large towns and cities. Today, almost half of the world's 10.5 million refugees reside in urban areas, with only one-third in camps (UNHCR, 2009). Refugees move to the city in the hope of finding a sense of community, safety and economic independence. However, in reality, what many actually find is harassment, physical assault and poverty.
08 Mar 2010 - In the first few months of 2010, violence has escalated in Karamoja - a remote, rural and marginalized area of northeast Uganda - and security is increasingly unpredictable. Each week brings news of clashes involving rival clans, armed bandits and government soldiers. But what is not reported is how women in particular suffer from such violence.
Rape is a tactic often used by Karamojong warriors in the course of cattle raids and retaliations.
Kampala. March 5, 2010 - The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is building on initial success to reduce child labor in northern Uganda by launching a new program to further tackle the underlying poverty that forces many families to send their children out to work.
The IRC will work closely with district authorities in Kitgum to create 60 new village savings and loans associations (VSLAs), which allow poor families to access financial advice and loans at very low interest rates - thereby increasing their economic independence.
The next 12 months will be critical for the future of Sudan. As the country marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended a devastating civil war, southern Sudan has seen a major upsurge in violence. In 2009, some 2,500 people were killed and 350,000 fled their homes. With landmark elections and a referendum on the horizon, the peace deal is fragile and the violence likely to escalate even further unless there is urgent international engagement.
Southern Sudan is one of the least-developed regions in the world.
Posted by Joanne Offer on December 1st, 2009
2009 marks the 18th anniversary of the "16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence" campaign.
It's 2 am when Apio Agnes' mobile phone rings. She's suddenly awake and ready to go.
It's her night to answer calls to a 24-hour hotline dedicated to anyone who needs advice or support on rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment or other forms of gender-based violence.
by Joanne Offer
Joanne Offer recently traveled to northern Uganda, once the scene of one of the bloodiest civil wars in Africa. Today, the IRC is helping hundreds of children and former child laborers go to school for the first time.
My visit to Uganda coincides with a time that many children dread-the start of the new school year. Yet as I travel from school to school, I can see that for the children here things are different
"Before I was able to come to school, I was fetching water for money," said 12-year-old Lakot Cavine.
Kampala, Uganda- More engagement and funding is needed to support conflict-prevention initiatives in northeastern Uganda - a region historically wracked by violent raids - at a time when severe drought and increased banditry pose a challenge to the area's fragile stability, says the International Rescue Committee, (IRC).
"In the past, large-scale cattle-raiding has been part and parcel of the culture in Karamoja," says IRC conflict expert Abongi Patrick.
Friday 12th June, Kampala, Uganda - With the World Day Against Child Labor upon us on 12th June, a newly published survey shows that 15% of children in north and northeast Uganda are involved in harsh, dangerous labor - often putting them in harm's way and depriving them of the chance to go to school.
The survey, commissioned by two aid agencies - the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and AVSI Foundation- found that an additional 26% of children are 'at risk' of becoming child laborers.
"Every day, tens of thousands of children in Uganda are engaged in the …
(Washington, DC, May 21, 2009) - The introduction of legislation in the US Senate and House of Representatives earlier this week to commit the United States to comprehensive efforts to help civilians threatened by one of the world's longest-running and brutal insurgencies is a crucial step forward for US policy in the region, a coalition of 22 human rights, humanitarian, and faith-based groups said today.
If passed, the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act would require the Obama Administration to develop a regional strategy to protect …
L'adoption de la loi permettrait d'aider les victimes de l'Armée de Résistance du Seigneur
(Washington, DC) - Le nouveau projet de loi présenté devant le Congrès américain et visant un renforcement des efforts pour aider les civils menacés par l'une des insurrections les plus longues et les plus brutales au monde constitue une avancée cruciale pour la politique américaine dans la région, a déclaré aujourd'hui une coalition de vingt-deux associations des droits humains, humanitaires et basées sur la foi.
Si elle venait à être adoptée, la loi relative …
Most nights here, the pitch-black darkness sends people scurrying for the safety of nearby camps. As recently as two years ago, Mucwini, a camp for displaced people in Kitgum district in the far reaches of northern Uganda, was under 24-hour military protection from rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The rebels had waged a brutal 20-year war in northern Uganda before signing a ceasefire with the government in 2006.
Tonight, instead of heading home, the residents of Mucwini camp are gathering in front of the health center to watch a movie.
By Peter Biro
Kampala, Uganda 20 Jan 2009 - Gregory Acar's ordeal began on the morning of March 23, 1989. Armed soldiers from the dreaded rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) stormed into his classroom in northern Uganda and ordered everyone to stand up.
"I was only 17, but I remember it as if it were yesterday," says Acar, who is now 36 and works for the International Rescue Committee as an education specialist. "We were tied with ropes around the waist and linked to each other.